UPDATE 10/22/08: As a commenter points out, the new program launched by the ASPCA "sounds breed specific and racist." This is a two-part issue. Firstly, the group opposes breed-specific law, including mandatory pit bull sterilization. Yet the new program targets specific breeds -- pit bulls and rottweilers -- because a distinct problem lies with them. Secondly, the program targets blacks and Latinos, which addresses the "racist" element.
10/22/08: Free Sterilization Opportunity
New York, NY - Just days away from Pit Bull Awareness Day, a term coined by pit bull advocates, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) launched an aggressive program to reduce the number of pit bulls and other large-breed dogs in the city. Aimee Hartman, director of the ASPCA mobile clinic said that pit bulls occupy 43% of shelter space and make up 82% of euthanizations.
The organization is targeting mostly young black and Latino men because it believes these groups are the main owners of the breeds. The ASPCA has created an advertisement, "Show your boy you've got his back. Fix your dog, it's all good." There will be English and Spanish radio and newspaper ads, as well. The goal to get as many of these dogs as possible sterilized to reduce the number of new puppies.
A veterinarian can charge hundreds of dollars to spay or neuter a dog, but the ASPCA say its mobile clinic program is free for people who receive public assistance or live in public housing. For all others, the organization is only asking for a donation of $25. The mobile clinic will be in each of the boroughs. Licensed surgeons and technicians are on board to do the procedures.
Tried and failed in San Francisco.
Prior to San Francisco's mandatory pit bull sterilization law, animal agencies had offered free and low cost spay/neuter clinics to owners of pit bulls. These efforts did not place a significant dent in the over population of unwanted pit bulls, new puppies or high bite count. What made a difference in both areas is the combination of these clinics and a $500 fine for failure to sterilize one's pit bull.
09/14/08: Flashback: S.F. Pit Bull Sterilization Law Has Successful Results
08/19/08: Snip the Pit Ordinance in Manteca Being Considered